HEALTHY SOUL

A healthy mind and body is something close to our hearts. 

 

  • Do you need a digital detox? Social media is the phenomenon of our time. It has allowed each one of us to connect with new and old friends and companies like never before and it has become an integral part of our lives. A couple of weeks ago, my wife took us both to Rome to celebrate my birthday.  This is me in ...
  • Wonder Woman/Super Man – what’s so great about them anyway? This post is inspired by a patient I have, we’ll call her Jane. In reality the patient I met today is like so many that I have, and your doctor has, met before. It could easily be John, or Jenny, or Jeff. Jane is in a cycle of trying to care for family members and hold everyone together, ...
  • Share Your Spare: Organ Donation This week is Organ Donation Awareness week in the UK. Transplanted organs save so many lives as medical science and surgical techniques advance, but the sad fact remains that that the number of people who need an organ outstrips the number of people who donate organs. It is thought that every day in the UK, three people die ...
  • Vitamin D Of all the vitamins, it seems like vitamin D has had the most air time of late. Certainly in our clinics, it’s the one patients seem to ask most about – are they getting enough, how do they know if they are getting enough and do they need to take supplements? Vitamin D helps our bodies ...
  • “If a migraine is just a headache, then Godzilla is just a lizard” One in seven of us will suffer from migraines, so there is a good chance that someone you know suffers with migraines – it might even be you. It is estimated that there are nearly 200,000 migraines every day in the UK. More common in women than in men, it can affect us at any age ...
  • Vitamin C This crucial vitamin helps our skin to heal and protects the cells within our bodies.   You may have heard of scurvy, a scourge common in pirates, when they would spend days and months at sea and have limited access to fresh and varied foods. Scurvy is a lack of vitamin C. In patients suffering from scurvy, ...
  • Vitamin B Next in our quick series of Vitamin FAQ’s we look at vitamin B (if you missed Vitamin A – you can read it here). There are actually lots of different types of vitamin B, but for our bodies the main ones are: B1 – thiamin B2 – riboflavin B3 – niacin B5 – pantothenic acid B6 – pyridoxine B7 – biotin Folate (folic ...
  • Why am I so tired all the time? “Doctor, I’m just exhausted. All the time. I’m so tired, there must be something wrong with me” Pretty much every GP or family doctor will hear this several times a day. Tiredness is ubiquitous with our fast paced modern lives, but at what point is it more than just our lifestyle and an indicator that something ...
  • Vitamin A In a series of short posts we will be looking at crucial vitamins for our body – today we’re looking at Vitamin A. You might know Vitamin A as retinol, and is helpful for your body’s natural defence against illness as well as keeping our skin healthy. It’s also important in aiding us see in low ...
  • What makes you happy? Mindfulness, Hygge and beyond. It’s International Day of Happiness, a good time to think about what makes us happy and steps we can take to improve. Our emotional wellbeing can have an impact, both positive and negative, on our physical health. It’s a fact backed by countless studies including the annual World Happiness Report. In 2017, Norway topped the polls of the World Happiness ...
  • 18th Century teeth in the 21st Century Today is World Oral Health Day. The main aim is to raise awareness of the impact that oral health can have on overall physical health and well being. Unfortunately for us, Britain seems to have given up on its dental health. To be specific, successive governments appear to have decided that our dental health no longer has the ...
  • Your sense of self: the magic five. Self Confidence. Self Esteem. Self Worth. Self Belief. Self Respect. All priceless. All fragile. All unique. Our sense of self is intricately tied to our personalities, experiences, belief systems and the bubble we find ourselves in. It can take a life time to build and a second to shatter.   On the face of it, the five S’s may all seem similar concepts ...
  • Time to hydrate All this week we’re focusing on Nutrition and Hydration Week, an awareness campaign that could be custom made for us. It’s aim is to spread the important message of maintaining health by considering our nutrition and hydration. Today we’re looking at the most basic and yet the most vital aspect of nutrition and hydration: Water. Aqua. H2O. ...
  • World Glaucoma Week: Shining a light on glaucoma By 2020, the number of people in the world with glaucoma is expected to reach 76.0 million. That is more than the entire population of the UK. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Fortunately, it is highly treatable with the right medications and intervention if detected early. This week is ...
  • World Kidney Day 2017 : Kidney Disease and Obesity Annually, a global event is held to help drive awareness of kidney problems and how we can all help to protect these vital organs. This year the theme is ‘Kidney disease and obesity’. Our kidneys are organs like no other in the body, acting as a filtration system for our blood helping us to eliminate toxins as ...